'Black Panther' Oscar Winner Ruth E. Carter Doing 'Coming to America 2' Costumes

We are delighted to learn that Black Panther's Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter is currently at work on her next film- Coming To America 2.

'Black Panther' Oscar Winner Ruth E. Carter Doing 'Coming to America 2' Costumes

The film will feature Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall returning to their iconic roles of Prince Akeem and Semmi in the sequel from Paramount Pictures. And, as it turns out, Carter will be on board to create the costumes.

'Black Panther' Oscar Winner Ruth E. Carter Doing 'Coming to America 2' Costumes
'Black Panther' costume designer Ruth E. Carter meets what she says was the first cosplayer in her design in person at WonderCon 2018.
Photo by Mary Anne Butler

Carter tweeted this morning that the first fittings were happening, and shared photos of Hall and Murphy with "Oscar".

We were lucky enough to get to chat to Carter during WonderCon 2018, and witnessed her first interaction with a cosplayer wearing a design inspired by Black Panther.
Kenya Barris is rewriting a script by original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, so this does have the makings of a true sequel rather than a revisit. Murphy is producing, Barris will be executive producing along with Kevin Misher.

Reportedly, the sequel will focus on Akeem learning about a long lost son, wherein he must return to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. Deadline goes on to say that the intention is to bring back the original cast which includes Arsenio Hall as Semmi, Shari HeadleyJohn Amos, and James Earl Jones as the King of Zamunda.

The current goal is a production start sometime in 2019, and we'll keep you apprised as more information becomes available.


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About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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